I am a Class A people pleaser — the kind who will drop everything to help someone else, even if that means canceling plans with the first person for the second. I try to work out solutions that make everyone happy, which isn't always a bad thing.

I am forgiving. I will give you a chance and another chance and another chance to prove yourself or to make up for whatever you did to hurt me.

Heck, I'll even apologize for you hurting me. And yes, I know I have my faults. I am not perfect. I am the problem sometimes. I own up to my mistakes, and I am sorry to those who I have hurt.

But, I am allowed to cut off people who are hurting me mentally.

Having let people walk all over me for a majority of my life, I am very proud of myself for finally growing a backbone and standing up for myself, especially where my mental health is concerned. It takes a lot to push me to the point of cutting people off.

I recently came to the point where my mental health was in such chaos that I had to cut off a friend who meant more than anything to me. But since this person was causing me so much stress, confusion and hurt, I had to cut them off.

I'm a people pleaser, and it has been hard to learn that, sometimes, I have to please myself and not everyone else.

Mental health comes first. If your mind is in chaos because of a toxic person in your life, don't be afraid to cut them off, if only for a little bit.

You're not a bad person. You're taking care of yourself, and that always comes first.